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Police officer Mark Docherty faces trial over sex charges

A police officer is to stand trial accused of forcing a woman into a sex act and molesting another.

Mark Docherty, 27, is alleged to have faked a drugs find in April 2010 to force a woman into a sex act, while threatening she could lose her child.

He is also charged with molesting another woman in September 2010 - again in Paisley - during a drugs search.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Docherty's lawyer entered not guilty pleas to two indecent assault charges.

Judge Lady Rae set a trial which is due to begin in June. The case is expected to last up to five days.

Mr Docherty's bail was continued.

Two charges

The charges allege that while carrying out his duties as a serving officer, Mr Docherty searched a woman in a close at a property in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in April 2010.

It is claimed Mr Docherty, of Greenock, hid the drug valium in a tissue in his hand and pretended to find it in the woman's pocket.

The indictment states that in reference to the woman's daughter, he told her that she "had too much to lose".

Mr Docherty is said to have then told the woman to perform a sex act and that, if she did not, he would report her for having drugs.

It is also alleged he said he would have her daughter taken from her.

The accusation concludes that he did "intimidate" the woman and also threaten to have her arrested if he saw her again in the west end of Paisley.

Mr Docherty faces a further allegation of molesting a second woman in Paisley in September 2010, while apparently carrying out a drugs search.

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